UPDATE: We have a winner!  Congratulations to Maria H. of Alexandria, VA!   Let us all take the next moment or two to seethe with jealousy.

Wasn’t that fun?  Thanks to all who entered. – RS


I want this box set. But I can’t have it.

I want to be able to drop the needle on a beautiful slab of 180g vinyl marked Please Please Me, and hear “I Saw Her Standing There” in gorgeous mono, just the way Gawd/Vishnu/George Martin intended it, just the way my parents (Gawd/Vishnu/GeorgeMartin blessum) heard it the first time they dropped the needle on a Beatles record. I want to gaze upon the iconic black and white cover of With the Beatles as “It Won’t Be Long” and “Money” and “Please Mr. Postman” burst from my speakers, blowing back what little hair I have left up top. I want to hear that amazing chord that opens “A Hard Day’s Night,” then I want to lift the needle, cue it back up, and hear it again. I want to hear “Yesterday” in its most pristine form. I want to experience Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, and the bloody White Album in mono for the first time. I’ve only heard them in stereo on vinyl; I think it’d be weird to hear them in mono.

But I won’t get the opportunity.

To quote Shakespeare (or Joe Elliott, channeling Shakespeare), “No, no, no!” No, The Beatles in Mono vinyl box set will be released (on September 9), and I will not be able to take pleasure in its 14 LPs, nor its 108-page hardcover book. I will not be able to hear the purity of the analog mastering (guided by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers), nor marvel at the faithfully replicated artwork.

Let me make this clear—I want this box set, and Popdose has one. But I have to give it to one of you.

That’s right. One of you lucky Popdose readers is gonna win this thing, this beautiful, historical, monolithic, bell-clear, monaural care package from the lightnin’ bolt-slingin’ rock ‘n’ roll gods up on Rock ‘n’ Roll Olympus deyselves. A $375 value. And one of you will get it for nuthin’. Not even the cost of postage, fer the luvva Gawd/Vishnu/Martin.

Mostly, I like you people; but one of yuhs, I’m going to be insanely jealous of when this is all over.

To have a chance to win, send me an email (one per person, please), with the subject “Popdose, Gimme Mono!” Include your name and mailing address in the body of the email. I will pick one entry at random from the emails I receive by 5:00pm Eastern Time Tuesday, September 16, and that person will win the box set. Also, since I and my colleagues here would rather do interpretive dances to Life with the Lions than share your information with others, I will personally delete all received emails after the winner is selected.

If you’re not feeling lucky, you can go over to Amazon and order the thing. If one of you wants to buy two and give me one, all the better.